Rob Gronkowski TE NE 23 Hrs

Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) has been cleared by doctors and is not being placed on active/PUP.

Considering Gronkowski is just 7 1/2 months removed from blowing his knee out, this qualifies as an impressive rehab. Avoiding the active/PUP list means that Gronk will not be eligible for the reserve/PUP list to start the season, which would have cost him the first six regular season games. He'll likely be coddled a bit at camp, but this news puts him squarely on track for Week 1 and his fantasy ADP should skyrocket accordingly. Gronk's 16-game pace last season was 89-1,353-9, and he's scored 42 touchdowns in 50 career NFL games.

Rob Gronkowski TE NE 4 Days

Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) said Friday night that he anticipates playing a full season in 2014.

"I'm planning on playing the whole season this year," said Gronk at his women's football clinic. Gronkowski played all 16 games his first two NFL seasons, but has missed 14 over the past two years. Gronk is expected to open camp on the active/PUP list as he's eased into football activities. If Gronk indeed makes it 16 games, he'll push Jimmy Graham to be fantasy's No. 1 tight end.

Rob Gronkowski TE NE 5 Days

Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he doesn't know if he'll open training camp on the active/PUP list.

Gronkowski was able to get in limited work during OTAs, but his availability for the start of camp remains in doubt. He's still a strong candidate to begin on the active/PUP list. Gronk has been rehabbing at the Patriots' facility for the last month. All signs continue to point toward him being ready for Week 1.

Rob Gronkowski TE NE 19 Days

The Patriots' website reports "all signs point toward" Rob Gronkowski (knee) being ready to go in Week 1.

Gronkowski was limited to individual work at OTAs and has been rehabbing at the Patriots' facility the last two weeks. He's expected to open training camp on the PUP list, but there continues to be optimism that he'll be ready for Week 1. We'll know more on Gronk's status when camp opens in late July. Gronkowski has played in just 18 games the last two seasons due to injuries.

Rob Gronkowski TE NE 1 Month

Rob Gronkowski (knee) ran sprints up the side of a hill at Wednesday's practice for the first time.

We're looking for any signs of tangible progress out of Gronk, so this qualifies. Although he's not participating in OTAs, he continues to do rehab work on the side and has also been spotted doing some cutting. Gronkowski at least has a chance to be ready for Week 1, but we won't have any real read on his status until training camp gets going.

Rob Gronkowski TE NE 2 Months1 Comment

The Boston Globe reports Rob Gronkowski (knee) was "bursting, planting, and cutting" during the early portion of Thursday's OTA.

Beat writer Ben Volin says that it looks like Gronkowski doesn't have any limitations. He's been limited to individual work on the side and is fully expected to open training camp on the PUP list, but optimism continues to build that Gronkowski will be ready Week 1. We'll continue to monitor his recovery from a torn ACL and MCL all summer. Gronk is just five months removed from surgery.

Rob Gronkowski TE NE 2 Months

According to the Boston Globe, "by all appearances" Rob Gronkowski is "progressing well" from his December 8 ACL and MCL tear.

Gronk isn't practicing at OTAs, but is doing on-field drills with trainers. Appearing Sunday at his two-day football camp with kids, Gronkowski "didn't show any effects of a knee injury," per Patriots beat writer Ben Volin. Gronk is expected to open camp on the PUP list, but looks on track to play in Week 1.

Rob Gronkowski TE NE 2 Months

ESPN's Field Yates reported on NFL Insiders Friday that Rob Gronkowski (ACL, MCL surgery) has encountered "no setbacks," and there is optimism he'll be ready for Opening Day.

"Indications are he's progressing very nicely compared to where he was at this time last year," stated Yates, who formerly worked for the Patriots and now covers the team for ESPN Boston. Gronkowski's status is not assured for Week 1, but to this point there are no signs he'll miss it. We'll continue to closely monitor Gronk's health deep into training camp and the preseason.

Rob Gronkowski TE NE 2 Months1 Comment

Rob Gronkowski said he's had no setbacks as he rehabs from Jan. 7 ACL surgery.

Rob Gronkowski TE NE 3 Months9 Comments

Rob Gronkowski (knee) said it's too early to tell if he'll be ready for Week 1.

"Oh man, that's too far away. I'm just improving every day right now," Gronkowski said. "I'm working hard every day to put myself in the best situation so that I'm ready." What else would you expect to hear from a Patriots player? Gronkowski underwent surgery for a torn ACL and MCL on January 9. Prepare for a second consecutive summer of mostly empty Gronkowski "updates."